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Secret agent Michael Westen finds himself cut off from his contacts and his cash, so he agrees to help a man clear his name in a high-priced art theft. Along the way he gets help from his ex-girlfriend and a retired agent, and receives plenty of grief from his mother who is unaware of his career.
This episode was aired commercial-free through sposorship by DirecTV.
During her interview, Gabrielle Anwar improvised kicking Michael to wake him up. They liked it, so they wrote it in.
The episode, initially an hour and a half long, was broken into two separate episodes for rerun purposes.
This is the first of two full feature length episodes.
Michael: Sam, don't sprinkle sugar on this bull and call it candy.
Michael: I find it hard to hide a gun in a bathing suit.
Michael: When a spy gets fired, he doesn't get a call from the lady in H.R. and a gold watch. They cut him off. They make sure he can never work again. They can't take away his skills or what's in his head, so they take away the resources that allow him to function. They burn him.
Michael: In a fight, you have to be careful not to break the little bones in your hand on someone's face. That's why I like bathrooms. Lots of hard surfaces.
Sam: You know spies, bunch of bitchy little girls. The good news for you? I'm a drunk and a wash out already so I can talk to whoever I want, burned or no.
(narration) My mom would have been a great NSA communications operative. (End narration)
How did you get this number?
Madeline: That's how you greet your mother? I got it from your girlfriend Fiona.
When Michael is escaping from Nigeria, they show him boarding a plane with blue and yellow paint and with the wings high on the body.
When they show him taking off, they show a plane with red paint and lower set wings.
Right before he found out that he'd been burned, Michael was reading an ABA number for a transfer. He rattled off 10 numbers and was continuing when he was interrupted. ABA numbers only have 9 digits.
Series Title: Burn Notice
According to the Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, a burn notice is an "official statement by one intelligence agency to other agencies, domestic or foreign, that an individual or group is unreliable for any of a variety of reasons."